Summary of our accomplishments since our formation in June of 2007:
- Our influence and pressure on the accountability of county commissioners and Tax Board members (both the Board Of Equalization and Board Of Tax Assessors) have resulted in dramatic reductions for property owners, who otherwise were at the will of either Board.
- After numerous appeals to the County Commission to withdraw an illegal assessment in 2007, we filed a 17 count lawsuit against the Tax Boards and Commission. Superior Court Judge John Crosby in April of 2008 ruled in our favor on all 17 counts which the County appealed to the Circuit Court within days of his decision.
After a lengthy appeal process, in March of 2009, the Circuit Court of Appeals reversed Judge Crosby's decision and at present we have filed a motion for re-hearing of our case to a 3 Judge panel, after which we will continue our fight and carry our appeal to the Georgia Supreme Court.
- In February of 2009, after discovering an ill-conceived and illegal $6 million bond petition presented to Superior Court for "Downtown Revitalization" (with no strings attached as to how money was spent or allocated), we filed an intervention and stopped the bond in its tracks, later requiring a new hearing in front of Judge Marshall, and currently await her final decision to allow the bond (secured by taxpayers and a 3 point millage rate increase potential).
- In 2008, we approached the Dougherty County School Board demanding accountability for the disappearance of $3.9 million from the school lunch program in the wake of their request for an additional $7 million to fund their budget for the coming year, and having just spent $1.2 million on air conditioning the ONLY school bus fleet in the state of Georgia.
- We have sponsored free taxpayer "workshops" to educate property owners about the process of appealing disputed property tax values, and advise them of their constitutional rights throughout this process.
- At present, we are researching evidence of government corruption and nepotism at the city and county level from the Mayor's office down, as well as a worthless flood survey ordered by the county/city government in 2008 that had already been initiated by the Army Corps of Engineers with a much more precise margin of error, a possible waste of hundreds of thousands of taxpayer funds notwithstanding innocent property owners who might unnecessarily be included in a flood zone that did not exist.
With adequate funding, citizen support, and our selfless volunteer corps of "Tax Warriors", we will continue to serve on behalf of all taxpayers as a "watch dog" organization, bringing government waste , corruption, and excess taxation to the attention of concerned taxpayers, and above all locate and financially support new city and county commission candidates who are fiscally responsible and share our views of honest, transparent government.